The Juggler Who Came in From the Cold

By Jim Ellison The siteswaps were the first clue. U.S. intelligence officials had long suspected that social media sites were mostly ruses for data mining. Many users, exuberant young Americans, simply thought they were having fun by posting short videos. But by using these platforms, were they putting their security at risk? The specific threat was TikTok, a Chinese company …

Book Review: Pottery in Motion

I’m asked a variety of juggling history and juggling performance questions on a daily basis. One category of questions that I’ve received quite a number of times revolve around the old-school act of  spinning a number of plates on a rack. If you don’t know what I mean by this, check out the videos below. When asked about the details …

Juggling for Indigenous Embera

(Haz clic aquí para español.) The Embera indigenous community in Colombia has been struggling. The indifference of the people and the Government puts their lives at risk. Aid and acts of kindness in the arts for the youngest, allows children to thrive in the magic of the circus and forget for a moment the precarious living conditions. The Embera arrived …

2020 World Joggling Championships Take Place Online

By Len Ferman SUMMARY: When the COVID-19 pandemic suddenly shut down the sports world in March, Emily Moore, director of the World Joggling Championships (running while juggling) had a back-up plan ready to go. Several months earlier a brainstorming session had developed the idea of an online championships in which competitors submit videos of their performances. The idea was thought …

Firs Petrovich Zemtsev

(Haz clic aquí para español.) Firs Petrovich Zemtsev is a legend in the world of the Russian circus. His achievements are the inspiration for the Soviet circus generation of the 1960s, and beyond. He was always aware of his students, pursued perfection in his teaching, and he was successful. Firs was a man always devoted to what life put his …

IJA Tricks of the Month by Komei from Japan | Juggling rings

KOMEI from Hyogo Japan. I started juggling in 2001. I like juggling where I can always discover something new. This time I took a video at home focusing on the ring technique using my ears. Some tricks were invented around 2005, but some are unpublished or new. Thanks to Luke Burrage and the originator Luke Wilson for sharing this trick. …

The Book All Jugglers Need: Aspiring Beginners and Experts Alike

Book review by Will Menarndt Juggling: What It Is and How to Do It is the latest book from Modern Vaudeville Press (release date: August 31, 2020), a company dedicated to “scholarly books about the circus and variety arts.” Written by Thom Wall with chapters by Jay Gilligan, Fritz Grobe, and Benjamin Domask-Ruh, all of whom are renowned international performers. …

Hula Hulero Callejero

(Haz clic aquí para español.) The idea of creating an artistic group exclusively for women, only for hula hooping, was well received by all those who practice this art. This is how, empirically, the artistic group Hula Hulero Callejero was created: a community led by women in search of the recognition of hula hooping as an art in all its …